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A Reader's Opinion: THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS by Penny Richards



A READER'S OPINION

THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS by Penny Richards, the second book in her Lilly Long Mysteries, offers up a cozy mystery sprinkled with romance and humor. Lilly receives an assignment to go undercover in New Orleans with Cade McShane to save a young widow who, it is believed, was unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. Lilly and Cade are reluctant to work together, especially playing husband and wife, but they are professionals who plan to get the job done. A lot of secondary characters enter the mix, often adding to the many twists in the case. I wish I had read book one before diving into this one, but after finding my bearings, I caught up with Lilly Long.

THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS gives us a fascinating look into life and culture in the South during the 1880s. This story is an enjoyable escape for those who like a bit of romance and humor mixed in with their mystery.

Rating: 4 Stars | Content Rating: 2 Hearts | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Shakespearean actress turned Pinkerton detective Lilly Long and her reluctant partner, Cade McShane, travel to New Orleans to save a young widow from a fate worse than death… 1881, Chicago. Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself—both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man's world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade needs to redeem himself for conduct unbecoming to a Pinkerton—a grief-driven drunken brawl. As if their forced partnership wasn't bad enough, the agents must pose as husband and wife servants in the troubled household of a wealthy New Orleans family. An acting challenge if ever there was one… The elderly matriarch of the Fortenot family is convinced her grandson's former widow has been unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. She believes the man is attempting to wrest the family fortune away from his new wife. Soon, behind the beautiful façade of the Fortenot mansion, the detectives uncover secrets, betrayal, voodoo curses—and murder. Even as Lilly and Cade chafe against their roles, they must work together to expose the true villain of this tragedy before the hapless widow faces her final curtain call.

Genre: Historical Mystery | April 25, 2017 | 260pp | Publisher: Kensington

Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley


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